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Nyad raises $68K with more laps to go in NYC swim

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October 9, 2013 07:48 PM EST | AP

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NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad (NY'-ad) is nearly three-quarters of the way through her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Nyad started the 48-hour swim Tuesday morning in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square. Her aim is to raise money for people still struggling a year after Sandy. Contributors make donations anytime during her swim.

As of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nyad had been in the pool for more than 34 hours and had raised more than $68,261.

Last month, the native New Yorker became the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Fla., without a shark cage.

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